Friday Night Live and Club Live leaders partnering with a local merchant on Merchant Committed
The Parent Committed Campaign is about supporting parents in their commitment to their children's success. Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Adolescents drink less and have fewer alcohol-related problems when their parents set clear expectations. Many adults consider drinking to be a rite of passage for youth, and assume young people are all going to drink. The reality is, however, that 64% of San Luis Obispo County 11th graders have not had a single drink in the past 30 days (CHKS, 2013-14). It's time to stop accepting underage drinking as a rite of passage and COMMIT to healthy lifestyles for our youth and community.
If your teen is giving a party…Set rules about no drugs or alcohol ahead of time. Set a start and end time to the party. Plan some activities such as music, games, etc. Let your neighbors know there will be a party, and you will be there. Call the parents of any teen who arrives under the influence. Call the police if necessary – you can be civilly liable if you know they’ve been drinking and you let them leave. Make regular and unobtrusive visits to the party area.
If your teen is going to a party…Know where they’re going and how they’re getting there. Set a curfew and have your teen check in with you when they get home. Let your teen know your expectations about him/her not using alcohol or other drugs.
General Guidelines…Get to know your child’s friends and their parents. Talk with other parents about not providing alcohol at youth events. Spend time with your children - eat together, play games, or just hang out. Set clear, reasonable expectations for your family.
The Merchant Committed Campaign works in partnership with local merchants to provide on and off-sale license holders (gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, bars, restaurants, and special event venues) with the education and tools to reduce youth access to alcohol.
Underage Drinking Facts:
Underage Drinking cost CA $6.7 BILLION in 2013, which translates to $3.66 per drink consumed by an underage drinker (UDETC)
Underage drinkers consumed 9.9% of all alcohol sold in CA in 2012 (UDETC)
75% of 11th graders in SLO County say it is fairly to very easy to get alcohol (CHKS, 2013-14)
COMMITTED Merchants Receive:
Store Makeover - FNL youth partner with store owners/managers to help them comply with Lee Law advertising, and to provide positive messaging around the store
Employee Education - FNL provides owners and employees with tools to help them not sell alcohol to minors
Recognition of Responsible Merchants - FNL recognizes COMMITTED Merchants with a certificate and press release honoring their committment to the community